The Roanoke Times gets the OKAY to build a new printing plant downtown. We've got a LIVE report on the decision.
Also the Secretary of Lynchburg's Electoral Board takes the heat from state officials.
And the earth gives up secrets buried for thousands of years- -right here in our area.
In sports, final words from both Virginia Tech and Western Michigan on their game tomorrow, a rundown of all the local college games, we will have qualifying from Richmond
and the latest on Steve Park's condition in the wake of his concussion.
Perfect weather for a Friday football game, it's going to be partly cloudy across the entire viewing area. Details ahead.
News 7 is next.
A decision late this afternoon on plans for a multi-million dollar expansion in downtown Roanoke.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
Shannon Young has the night off.
The Roanoke Times has won approval for a new 31-million dollar printing plant near its current location.
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joe Dashiell is at the municipal building tonight where the Board of Zoning Appeals made its decision late this afternoon.
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[SUPER=01-Wendy Zomparelli/Roanoke Times Publisher; :13]
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The economic downturn has hit a Roanoke Valley fiber optic firm.
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Optical Cable Company says it is going to lay off 27 of its employees.
Two of those are part-time workers.
The manufacturer of fiber optic cable blames current economic conditions for the job cuts.
That's going to leave the company with about 200 workers.
It's the first time Optical Cable has had to cut its work force.
A national farm supply chain is cutting back, and closing four of its stores here in southwestern Virginia.
C-T Farm- and- Country says it is pulling out of the southeast, and shutting down 35 stores across the country.
Stores in Roanoke, Christiansburg, Marion and Abingdon will close within the next 90 days. Each store employs about 20 people.
A company spokesman says the location in Lynchburg will remain open.
Blacksburg Police made an arrest in an early morning shooting incident.
Authorities say Virginia Tech student Scott Ryan Dillon fired at another student during an argument in a hotel parking lot at 12:30 a-m.
The victim, 22-year-old Brian Frank Fisher was not hit but was treated for flash burns and hearing damage.
The 22-year-old suspect is in the Montgomery County jail facing a charge of malicious wounding.
A flamboyant character around the Roanoke courthouse has been found guilty of UNLAWFUL wounding.
Paul Holt is a former male prostitute who started his own business, serving court papers and tracking down bail jumpers.
Last year he shot his lover during a fight outside their apartment.
Holt WAS charged with MALICIOUS wounding, but the jury settled on the lesser offense.
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[IN Q=I'll never be able]
[SUPER=01-Paul Holt/Unlawful Wounding Convict]
[OUT Q=to carry a firearm again.]
Once Holt was convicted, the jury heard evidence that Holt had been convicted of a dozen misdemeanors, including three counts of brandishing a firearm, and two assault and batteries.
Tonight the jury said he should be fined 25-hundred dollars and serve six months in jail. Holt was immediately taken into custody.
The fight to save a Roanoke neighborhood seems to be working.
A year and half ago, residents in the 700 to 900 blocks of Hunt Avenue had enough of all the drug dealing in their neigborhood.
The Police department implemented a new program and residents say the results have been positive.
Tonight at eleven, we'll tell you how the program works and why it may be coming soon to a neighborhood near you.
An up and coming star of the pop music scene will perform in downtown Roanoke in about an hour.
Jean Jadhon talks to some Willa Ford fans next on News 7 at Six.
And V-Dot unearths a wealth of history when it prepares to widen a road in Botetourt County.
An emotionally charged meeting today in Richmond raised more questions than it answered in the case of Lynchburg Electoral Board chairman Alphonso Grant.
Grant and his attorney declined to appear.
The State Board of Elections has asked him to appear before it next week to discuss the possible misuse of state funds, "browbeating" of registrar's office employees, and the frivolous pursuit of lawsuit appeals at taxpayer expense.
But the board split in a vote to ask him to resign immediately or petition the court to remove him.
Ellen Qualls has the latest from a meeting that ended within the last few minutes.
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[SUPER=01-Carol Spencer Read/Former Lynchburg Registrar; :]
[SUPER=01-Stewart Hobbs/(I) Lynchburg Vice-Mayor; :]
[SUPER=01-Linwood Cobb/State Bd. of Elecitons; :]
[SUPER=01-Michael Brown/State Bd. of Elections;]
[SUPER=01-Cameron Quinn/State Electoral Bd. Secretary; : ]
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(( The hearing kicked off with complaints from Bedford's registrar... and then two of the registrar's Alphonso Grant's forced from office during his six year tenure.
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((CAROL SPENCER READ: THERE ARE MANY TIMES ... SMACK ME ONE... NOT DO WHAT HE WANTED TO BE DONE.))
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((CAROL SPENCER READ: AND I'M A LADY... WOULD PUT ON THIS EARTH.))
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((STEWART HOBBS/LYNCHBURG VICE MAYOR: IN THIS ROOM... GONE THROUGH HELL.... YOUR PEOPLE.))
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The vice mayor produced a stack of expense reports obtained by the Lynchburg News and Advance under the FOI act.
The paper's linking expenses with actual word from Mr. Grant's own attorney strongly suggested criminal misuse of funds or falsification of documents.
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((LINWOOD COBB/CHAIRMAN: I WOULD HOPE MR. GRANT WOULD TAKE IT UPON HIMSELF TO STEP DOWN...LOOK THROUGH.))
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(( I THINK ...OR CONSPIRED.))
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((CAMERON QUINN: I HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING INCREDIBLY TROUBLING. ))
Tonight the Attorney General's office says it is seeking information on the case.
It has the power to launch its own investigation of Alphonso Grant.
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Teenagers are packing into downtown Roanoke tonight... hoping to see "up and coming" star... (WILL-a) Willa Ford.
She's featured at tonight's First Friday's at Five at the First Union Tower.
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That's where we find Jean Jadhon.
Jean..... this is an "Over 21" event... but I understand they're making an exception tonight for Willa's younger fans?
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Yes. Keith a special section has been set up for the under 21 crowd tonight.. that seems to be the crowd that loves Willa Ford.
She's been compared to Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.... although some of her lyrics suggest she doesn't like that.
Her first CD just came out a couple of months ago.. with the hit I wanna be Bad.
The teenagers here can't wait to see Willa.
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K-92 radio station sponsored this concert and brought Willa Ford in.... but the 20 year old is running late.... Her flight won't get tin now until 6:45... She probably won't take the stage until 7:15 at the earliest.
She may be late.. because of she was a presenter at last night's MTV Music Video awards...
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Across the railroad tracks... they're un-corking the wine bottles at this hour at the Hotel Roanoke.
It is the annual cork and curtain... fundraiser for Mill Mountain Theater.
Tonight's festivities include wine tasting, live music and a live auction.
UP for bids: Everything from wine to a trip to Italy.
This year's theme is an Evening in Tuscany.
For the theater and other cultural groups, making money is more important then ever.
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Tickets to the event start at 85 dollars a person.
Proceeds benefit Mill Mountain theater.
Tomorrow's the day to check out the cultural organizations in this region.
The event is called "Arts, History, Science, Zoo... it all depends on you." It sponsored by WDBJ-7 and the Arts Council.
The idea is raise money for the organizations that lost state funding.
Visit places from Mountain Zoo to Center in the Square and the Roanoke Symphony.
Get seven stamps and you get a free T-shirt.
A worse than expected unemployment report sent stocks lower yet again.
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The DOW plunged 235 points, it's third three-digit loss for the week.
NASDAQ fell 18.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has unearthed a secret that's thousands of years old, and now they're learning about the transportation of ancient ideas.
Richard Lesko has more.
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(( Route 2-20 in Botetourt County is expanding, but before engineers can pour any pavement, the Virginia Department of Transportation must engage in extensive archeological testing. The area near Gala hosts a treasure of artifacts from the area's original inhabitants. This time archeologists found something unusual from nearly 3-thousand years ago.
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((CRAIG LUKEZIC/VDOT PRESERVATION PROGRAM; OUR FIRST TESTING WE HAD NO IDEA WE HAD THIS MORTUARY COMPLEX RIGHT HERE. ITS A PART OF THE WHOLE ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS THAT VDOT UNDERGOES.))
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In the 1890's, archeologists from the Smithsonian unearthed a wealth of knowledge near this dig. But the latest discovery contains artifacts that pre-date those findings.
Buried under a few feet of an embankment, VDOT archeologists found tools and bones from 18 Native Americans buried in a circular pattern, somewhat rare for this area, but similar to burial sites in other states.
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((BRAD BOWDEN/ ; NOT TERRIBLY UNLIKE THE CEREMONIALISM THAT THEY USED TO BUILD SMALL MOUNDS FURTHER WEST OF HERE IN OHIO, KENTUCKY, WEST VIRGINIA. WE DON'T THINK THOSE PEOPLE WERE ACTUALLY HERE, MORE LIKELY THE SPREAD OF THEIR IDEAS MADE IT THIS FAR.))
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The remains of the 18 individuals will be studied by researchers at Radford University, and then will be handed over to the Monacan tribe for second proper burial.
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[INQ=What we have here...]
((BRAD BOWDEN/ ; WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS AN INTENTIONAL CIRCULAR PATTERN WHICH SUGGESTS A PERMANENCE WITH THE LANDSCAPE. THEY WERE DESIGNING THIS MORTUARY AREA.))
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((RICHARD LESKO/RLESKO@WDBJ7.COM; THE EXPANSION OF ROUTE 220 ISN'T SCHEDULED TO BEGIN UNTIL 2004. MEANWHILE VDOT SAYS THESE DIGS SHOW THE STATE'S COMMITMENT TO PRESERVING PIECES OF HISTORY WHILE THEY STILL CAN. RL N7 BOTETOURT COUNTY.))
Jeff Gordon wins the pole at Richmond, a complete rundown of the college football schedule
and all week long we've heard that Western Michigan is dangerous, we will also learn that this team is explosive, scoring nearly 50 points in the season opener.
The Winston Cup drivers are at Richmond. Today they qualified for tomorrow night's Monte Carlo 400.
And Jeff Gordon would capture the pole, turning and burning the .750 mile track at a speed of 124.902 miles an hour. Gordon wins his seventh pole of the season and 39th of his career. He also knocks Rusty Wallace off the pole in the process. Here's the starting grid.
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[SUPER=0107-1. Jeff Gordon/124.901/2. Rusty Wallace//3. Sterling Marlin//4. Jeff Burton//5. Ward Burton//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Bobby Labonte//7. Casey Atwood//8. Dale Earnhardt Jr.//9. Ricky Rudd//10. Ron Hornaday//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Joe Nemechek//12. Todd Bodine//13. Stacy Compton//14. Dave Blaney//15. Ricky Green//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Dale Jarrett//17. Ken Schrader//18. Jeff Green//19. Mark Martin//20. John Andretti//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Mike Skinner//22. Kevin Harvick//23. Bobby Hamilton//24. Robert Pressley//25. Jimmy Spencer//;]
[SUPER=0107-26. Terry Labonte//27. Johnny Benson//28. Kenny Wallace//29. Mike Wallace//30. Jeremy Mayfield//;]
[SUPER=0107-31. Buckshot Jones//32. Elliott Sadler//33. Tony Stewart//34. Rick Mast//35. Brett Bodine//;]
[SUPER=0107-36. Kyle Petty//37. Bill Elliott/Prov/38. Matt Kenseth/Prov/39. Jerry Nadeau/Prov/40. Kurt Busch/Prov/;]
[SUPER=0107-41. Michael Waltrip/Prov/42. Jason Leffler/Prov/43. Kevin Lepage/Prov/;]
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Kenny Wallace qualified the number one Penzoil car 28th. Steve Park will not return to Winston Cup racing for the next month to month and a half.
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Dr. Jerry Petty,a neurological specialist at Carolinas medical center in Charlotte said today that Park would be unable to drive for "conservatively four to six weeks". Park has received several MRI's which revealed a bruising of the brain. Dr. Petty says Park will make a full recovery.
The 9th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies take on the dangerous Western Michigan Broncos tomorrow in a Noon kickoff at Lane Stadium
The Broncos opened the 2001 campaign two weeks ago with a 48-yo-7 thrashing of Illinois State.
In that game quarterback Jeff Welsh tossed 5 touchdown passes and completed 73 percent of his passes.
The Broncos are 16 point underdogs to Tech, but after playing on the road at Wisconsin and Florida the past two years - they are not intimidated.
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[SUPER=01-Gary Darnell/Western Michigan Head Coach; :02]
[SUPER=01-Joe Ballard/Western Michigan Cornerback; :15]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Welsh/Western Michigan Quarterback; :27]
[SUPER=01-Grant Noel/3 Touchdown Passes vs. UConn; :41]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/100 Wins at Virginia Tech; :56]
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The good news for Tech fans is that running back Kevin Jones will play tomorrow.
The deep thigh bruise he suffered last Saturday is now 95 percent healed according to Tech.
James Madison hits the road tomorrow for a noon kickoff at New Hampshire.
Ferrum travels to ODAC power Emory and Henry. They'll tee it up at one.
Nationally ranked ODAC power Bridgewater has a one PM kickoff at home against Shenandoah.
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Liberty plays at 6 o'clock at Eastern Kentucky.
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and Washington and Lee opens it's season tomorrow at John's Hopkins at noon.
Now this program note. News 7 gets your day off to an earlier start .. beginning Monday Morning.
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That's when News 7 Mornin' expands to 90 minutes. Join Kimberly McBroom, Steve Pardon, and meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner at 5-30 A-M each weekday Morning, beginning Monday.